Is There a Double Standard When It Comes To Celeb Weight Gain?

Without a doubt, one of the most talked about celebrity stories this past week was Jessica Simpson’s apparent weight gain.

After the 28-year-old singer performed at the KISS Country Chili Cookoff in Pembroke Pines, Florida, last Sunday, her curvy figure set off a media storm that has caused other celebrities to, er, weigh in on the matter.

It could be argued that male actors Vince Vaughn and Russell Crowe have also packed on the pounds over the years they’ve been in the limelight. But it’s been to little fanfare.

Vaughn, 38, even carried the hit film Four Christmases to a hefty box office take of $120 million over the holidays.

And yet, when pop star Christina Aguilera put on a few pounds during her Stripped tour in 2003, or Britney Spears appeared onstage at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards not looking like a stick figure, critics took exceptional notice.

As well, when Kate Winslet actually slimmed down and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair recently, British tabloids claimed the photos had been Photoshopped.

Do you think the media places more emphasis on female celebrities’ weight than that of their male counterparts? Check out our gallery of stars who’ve increased in size at points and let us know your thoughts below!